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Cruise Line Passengers Killed In Sightseeing Plane Crash, Alaska

June 26, 2015 - On Thursday, Eight passengers on the Holland America cruise line ship, the Westerdam, boarded a de Havilland Canada DHC-3T Vazar Turbine Otter aircraft at Ketchikan International Airport, Alaska for aerial shore sightseeing flight. The Westerdam was on a on a seven day cruise which had departed Seattle on Saturday.

The 1958, Turbine Otter, N270PA, which was operated by Promech Air crashed into mountainous terrain near Ella Lake, Misty Fjords National Monument, Alaska, about 25 miles northeast of Ketchikan airport. All eight passengers were killed along with the pilot. Promech Air had operated a fleet of five Turbine Otters.

Turbine Otter had crashed sometime around 11:20 AM. Clint Johnson, head of the National Transportation Safety Board's Alaska office, said "The initial rescue crew that went in had a very tough time because of the terrain... It's a very steep, mountainous area, and weather conditions caused them to stand down."

Alaska State Troopers have identified the victims as: Hal Cheney, 71, and Mary Doucette, 59, both of Lodi, California; Glenda Cambiaso, 31, and Hugo Cambiaso, 65, both of North Potomac, Maryland; June Kranenburg, 73, and Leonard Kranenburg, 63, both of Medford, Oregon; Margie Apodaca, 63, and Raymond Apodaca, 70, both of Sparks, Nevada; and the pilot, Bryan Krill, 64, of Hope, Idaho.



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